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Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer Details You Missed

Much like Han Solo's path from scoundrel to hero in the original Star Wars trilogy, Solo: A Star Wars Story's journey to the screen has been a bumpy one. Fraught with reshoots, recasts, and even a change in directors mid-production, the second Star Wars spinoff has had even more rumored problems than its similarly troubled predecessor, Rogue One.

Lucasfilm's lateness in rolling out the hype campaign has done nothing to quell fans' concern over just how big Solo's problems might be. Of course, the perfectly reasonable explanation for this is that The Last Jedi was only recently released to home video. It would have been foolish to cannibalize or oversaturate the media with too much Star Wars at once.

In any event, the new trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story is finally here, and it's our most immersive look yet at the grimy textures of the galactic underworld and the heist adventure within it. Did you catch all the tiny details teeming within its two minutes? We've got a Wookiee's bounty of Corellian content that just might have slipped past you at a speed of twelve parsecs, so here's everything you missed in the new Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer.

All creatures great and small

From the moment Luke Skywalker first spied a bantha herd through his macrobinoculars, Star Wars fans have delighted in the menagerie that flourishes in their favorite galaxy far, far away. Each successive sequel snuck in more species, introducing us to tauntauns, mynocks, worrts, a rancor, and the dreaded sarlacc. George Lucas took delight in fleshing out his fantastic fauna in the age of CGI, adding a ronto to the original film and peppering the prequels with unforgettable creations like the shaak.

The recent films have only added to the bestiary, from rathtars and steelpeckers to porgs and vuptices. The new Solo trailer promises to deliver even more monsters at all manner of scales. The opening moments feature a tiny, almost Seussian puffy-tailed rodent skittering across a wire. Later, the protagonists can be seen entering a dilapidated building by passing under an enormous tusked skull of some kind of space mammoth. 

Diners, drive-ins, dives, and droids

The Star Wars saga has a noble tradition of galaxy-changing events taking place within wretched hives of scum and villainy. From Luke and Obi-Wan's fateful meeting with Han and Chewie at the Mos Eisley Cantina in A New Hope to Obi-Wan's rendezvous with Dexter Jettster at his American Graffiti-style retro diner in Attack of the Clones, everyone seems to end up in a dive sooner or later...or at least, Obi-Wan does.

Even in old age, Han Solo seems to gravitate toward the skeeviest of galactic outposts, as evidenced by The Force Awaken's detour to the party palace of Maz Kanata. It's appropriate, then, that large amounts of his origin story will take place in drinking establishments. The new trailer introduces us to not one but two club scenes: the seedy gambling den where Han and Chewie hook up with Lando Calrissian, and a somewhere more upscale locale where we meet Emilia Clarke's character, Qi'ra.


As long as we're on the topic of beverages, let's take a moment to appreciate a very special robot introduced to us in the new Solo trailer. No, not Millennium Falcon co-pilot L3-37, as we saw her in the previous trailer (though she does get to speak for the first time here, and it seems she'll carry all the endearing snark of Rogue One's K-2SO). We're talking about the little floating drink dispenser tending to Lando Calrissian's needs at the gambling table.

Star Wars has had complex alcohol-delivery systems before (see Wuher the bartender's elaborate set-up in A New Hope and even R2-D2's tray of libations on Jabba's sail barge). Leave it to Lando to have the smoothest, freshest cocktail mechanism at his beck and call. This droid is not only a wonderful bit of set dressing, it also serves as a promise that Donald Glover's younger take on the character is already living that Billy Dee Williams Colt 45 lifestyle. It works every time.

Therm Scissorpunch lives

There is no shortage of contenders for the title of most absurd name in the Star Wars universe. Plo Koon, Savage Opress, Kit Fisto, even Jek Porkins...all fairly ridiculous. The gold standard may well be Episode II's Elan Sleazebaggano. Elan better hold on to his death sticks, though, because Solo: A Star Wars Story introduces us to a fresh young up-and-comer named Therm Scissorpunch.

The human-sized crustacean creature seems like a jovial sort (though, to be fair, it's difficult to read emotion or temperament in a lobster's expression). The new trailer gives us our first look at Therm in action, briefly seen at Lando's gambling table, but he was originally introduced via a Denny's tie-in featuring exclusive Solo character trading cards, designed to promote the chain's new Star Wars-themed menu. The internet quickly freaked out over this audacious name, with even respected publications like Newsweek rushing to call attention to the franchise's new pincer-packing heartthrob.

We don't know much about Scissorpunch yet, but Denny's seems like an appropriate stage for such an auspicious debut. After all, if Solo is going to reveal the back story of the Star Wars universe's trashiest hero, what better venue than the eatery responsible for such wide-ranging culinary events as the "Eat like a Hobbit" challenge and the Hoobastank-sanctioned Hooburrito?

Mandalorian money

The legacies of Han Solo and Boba Fett are forever intertwined. When Fett stepped onto screen in The Empire Strikes Back for the first time (well, second time if you count the Holiday Special cartoon, and you should), fans instantly wanted to know more. Who was this bounty hunter whose pursuit of Solo seemed almost like a personal vendetta? Their relationship suggested so much history, veiled in secrecy and intrigue. Then, Han accidentally knocked Boba in a hole, and that was the end of that.

Nevertheless, the Star Wars Expanded Universe spent hundreds of pages and decades of fans' lives fleshing out Boba's backstory. A Boba Fett movie was even in the works alongside Solo in 2015, though it currently seems to be on hold indefinitely. It's unclear what presence, if any, he'll have in this particular Star Wars Story, but a quick shot of chips being pushed across the gambling table reveals a piece emblazoned with the distinctive Mandalorian crest first seen on Fett's armor. The history of the Mandalorians has been greatly detailed in recent years, specifically in the Clone Wars and Rebels animated series. Whether this gambling chip signals significant lore or simply a nod to galactic history remains to be seen.

Violent Val

Similarly shrouded in mystery is Thandie Newton's character, Val. Before her name was revealed in February, speculation was rampant as to whether Newton was playing a character fans might know from another story. A set photo on director Ron Howard's Twitter even showed her sporting what may well have been an Imperial insignia, sparking discussion about her possibly being a major villain.

An Entertainment Weekly story on Solo revealed that Val is in league with Han's criminal mentor, Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson). "She's a little skeptical of this kid when she first meets him," co-writer Jon Kasdan said about her encounter with the hero. "And her relationship with him goes in, I think, an...interesting direction."

Just what kind of twists that interesting direction will entail remains a matter for still more speculation. The new trailer, though, does give us some brief glimpses of Val in action. She can be seen handling a variety of intimidating weapons and tools with deft ease, suggesting that, villain or otherwise, she's not someone to cross.

Damaged Dryden

When original Solo directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were replaced by Ron Howard deep in production, it's likely that many things about the film changed. The full extent of what was lost from Lord and Miller's original take may never be publically known, but one element that has definitely been affected is the film's villain.

When Lord and Miller were at the helm, Dryden Vos was played by Michael K. Williams. Williams revealed in an interview with Sirius XM's Jim and Sam Show that his role had been a motion capture creature who was "half mountain lion, half human." When the extensive reshoots required by the director switch pushed Solo well past its original schedule, Williams was forced to bow out due to prior commitments.

He was replaced by Paul Bettany, and the character was reimagined as a seemingly more human physical presence. A close-up in the new trailer shows us Vos apparently fuming in rage, and reveals a drastically scarred face. It seems a safe assumption that his appearance is indicative of a complicated backstory, perhaps even a personal grudge against our heroes.

An elegant weapon

The glowing, humming blade of the lightsaber has probably always been the most iconic visual in the Star Wars universe, ever since it was first teased in the original film's trailer in 1976. Laser blades continued to dominate the combat of the sequels and prequels with a myriad of variations. Notable personalized weapons include the edgy cool factor of Darth Maul's double blade and Kylo Ren's unstable broadsword.

Until now, the Star Wars movies have mostly kept the multicolored sabers as the purview of Force-using Jedi and Sith, and they've mostly been, well, sabers. Violent gangsters and militant fighters tend to use blasters or thermal detonators. But the Solo trailer gives us a look at a whole new kind of laser blade, as Dryden Vos slashes at the targets of his wrath with a small dagger that seems to have some kind of brass knuckle handle and an etched metal blade that emits a deadly red glow.

Happy Life Day

After Disney acquired Lucasfilm, word came down that the "Expanded Universe" of supplemental stories told in Star Wars novels, comic books, video games, and breakfast cereals would no longer be considered canon in the context of new material. Fan reaction was mixed, as some were glad that the new films wouldn't be bound to tomes of existing minutia, while others had grown emotionally attached to Luke's clone, Luuke.

The old expanded canon, now officially referred to as "Legends," isn't completely gone, however. Choice bits are still being harvested for revival in new Star Wars stories, perhaps most prominently Grand Admiral Thrawn playing a large role in Rebels. Solo might see the most important old canon resurrection of all: a character created for a story George Lucas was rumored to want wiped off the face of the Earth long before the Disney buyout.

1978's Star Wars Holiday Special was instantly infamous as one of the most regrettable decisions in the franchise's history. Whether you find it as embarrassing as many of the people involved or consider it a treasured tradition will depend on your tolerance for '70s variety show cheese. What can't be denied, though, is that its most significant contribution to the lore was Chewbacca's family: his precocious son, Lumpy; his randy father, Itchy, and his adoring wife, Malla.

Is the Wookiee we see being affectionate with Chewie in the new trailer Malla? It's very plausible, as the furry family has been once again made canonical by Chuck Wendig's Aftermath novels. For many of us, the thought of revisiting Malla is sweeter than a plate of Wookiee-ookies. 

Bicentennial Wookiee

George Lucas established very early on that Chewbacca was 200 years old during the events of the original Star Wars. The old Expanded Universe canon explained that Chewie owed Han Solo a "Life Debt" after Solo, while serving as an Imperial officer, freed him from slavery. The new canon has already suggested a fairly similar backstory, though the details are still fuzzy and likely to be filled in by Solo: A Star Wars Story, which seems to depict a moment early in their partnership.

The new trailer features a scene in which Han is stunned to learn Chewie's age. "You're 190 years old?" he exclaims. "You look great!" This is significant for continuity-obsessed fans, as it pinpoints exactly when in the timeline Solo takes place. We can assume now that these events are occurring ten years before the original Star Wars (or, as real diehards might say, the year 10 BBY, for "Before the Battle of Yavin"). That is, of course, assuming that the Wookiee isn't being modest or fudging his birthday.

Force foreshadowing

In the original Star Wars, Luke Skywalker uttered a line that would become a hallmark of the saga: "I have a very bad feeling about this." Variations of the ominous expression would go on to find their way into every Star Wars feature film in the mouths of various characters (we non-droid-speakers missed it in The Last Jedi, but writer/director Rian Johnson cheekily explained it was spoken by BB-8). It never rang more true, though, than when spoken by the sardonically cynical Solo.

Aldren Ehrenreich's performance as the young Han seems so far to show the beloved scoundrel at a more optimistic, if no less sarcastic time in his life. It's not exactly a subtle wink when the new trailer shows him cheerfully shouting, "I've got a really good feeling about this!" But this bit of foreshadowing, combined with Beckett's advice to "assume everyone will betray you and you'll never be disappointed," is beginning to paint a picture that promises a tragic bent to this Star Wars Story — one that will find an idealistic young man turning into the jaded mercenary audiences met more than 40 years ago.